- That which is silent; a time of silence.
adjective (er, more)
- The of the night. Shakespeare
- Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
- : How is this town!
- 1825, Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy, The Works of Samuel Johnson, Talboys and Wheeler, page 52:
- : What was formerly performed by fleets and armies, by invasions, sieges, and battles, has been of late accomplished by more silent methods.
- 1906, William Dean Howells and Sidney Dillon Ripley, Certain Delightful English Towns: With Glimpses of the Pleasant Country Between, Harper & Brothers, page 152:
- : The voice of the auctioneer is slow and low ...; after a pause, which seems no silenter than the rest of the transaction, he ceases to repeat the bids, and his fish, in the measure of a bushel or so, have gone for a matter of three shillings.
- Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
- Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most of men. Broome.
- This new-created world, whereof in hell Fame is not . Milton.
- Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is . Parnell. Sir W. Raleigh.
- (Pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, "e is silent in fable."
- Having no effect; not operate, operating; inefficient.
- Cause ... , virtueless, and dead. Raleigh, Sir W. Raleigh.
- (technology) Without audio capability.
- The Magnavox Odyssey was a console.
Silent partner. See Dormant partner, under Dormant.
Etymology: Latin silens, -entis, p. pr. of silere to be silent; akin to Gothic ana-silan.
- Spanish: silencioso, callado
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